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Prescription Monitoring Program – FAQ

Massachusetts Online Prescription Monitoring Program Frequently Asked Questions What is the Massachusetts Online Prescription Monitoring  Program?  The Massachusetts Online Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP) is a secure website hosted by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. The PMP is a database for a patient’s prescription history for controlled substance prescription medications. The PMP shows a patient’s […]

APRNs to be automatically Enrolled in Massachusetts Prescription Monitoring Program

Sharon Reynolds, MAAPPN Board member, recently checked with DPH and the Fact Sheet that came out in January was not accurate in that all APRNS and PAs  are supposed to be automatically enrolled this year (not just NPs and PAs).  As they are having a difficult time implementing the change, it won’t be happening until […]

Newly Elected MA Legislators 2015 – 2017

The Massachusetts House of Representatives is comprised of 160 members, each representing a district of approximately 40,000 people. As required by the Massachusetts Constitution, the House meets every 72 hours, year-round in either formal or informal session to consider legislation.

BX/BS Foundation Forum: Tackling Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Mental Health Care

This forum will examine the magnitude and persistence of racial and ethnic health care disparities with a focus on the delivery of behavioral health services. Ongoing challenges and potential solutions will be examined in light of health care system and financing changes under state and national reform. The research will quantify the problem, costs and consequences. The forum will explore potential options and action steps to reduce disparities and move towards a more equitable distribution of critical resources.

MAAPPN Member Meeting to be held Monday, Dec 8, 2014

Please join us for our final 2014 Member Meeting to be held on Monday, December 8th, 2014 at Seasons 52, Burlington, MA. Our last meeting at this venue proved to be a terrific setting for a wonderful meal, discussion of issues, networking and planning the MAAPPN initiatives for 2015-2016 legislative year. 2 CEU’s are offered that will count towards the non-ANCC approved CEU requirements.

NSO States Commitment to Evolve Liability Policies with NP Practice

Below I posted a letter from my insurance carrier: NSO. I don’t usually receive these kind of correspondence from NSO. The content was an interesting request for NP loyalty in choosing a carrier for malpractice representation. NSO sites its 20 year commitment to NP’s and the ability to adapt to changing needs of the NP as advanced practice evolves. Specifically,

Counteracting Ebola Stress

It is hard to escape the stories about ebola today. As the country and individual states scramble to form public health policy, media reports of health care worker exposures are emerging daily. The latest, a nurse in Texas, triggers the question “Just how contagious is this?” and now a possible exposure in Braintree, MA. As psychiatric nurses working in health care facilities and seeing multicultural clients in a multicultural city, these are important times to get educated about actual risks and preventative practices.

How Should We Talk About Mental Health?

Mental health suffers from a major image problem. One in every four people experiences mental health issues — yet more than 40 percent of countries worldwide have no mental health policy. Across the board it seems like we have no idea how to talk about it respectfully and responsibly.

Stigma and discrimination are the two biggest obstacles to a productive public dialogue about mental health; indeed, the problem seems to be largely one of communication. So we asked seven mental health experts: How should we talk about mental health? How can informed and sensitive people do it right – and how can the media do it responsibly?

The Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act

Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 (MHPAEA) is a federal law that generally prevents group health plans and health insurance issuers that provide mental health or substance use disorder (MH/SUD) benefits from imposing less favorable benefit limitations on those benefits than on medical/surgical benefits.

Transform Deep Brain Stimulation – Mass General Hospital

Published on Jul 29, 2014
TRANSFORM DBS is a collaborative project between physicians and scientists at Massachusetts General Hospital, Draper Laboratory and Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The goal of the project is to develop a deep brain stimulation device that can help treat patients with refractory psychiatric conditions that are insufficiently treated by currently available medication and therapy. We are focusing on conditions of particular relevance to our community of warfighters and returning veterans including posttraumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury, major depression, anxiety, substance abuse and chronic pain. For more information visit: http://www.massgeneral.org/about/pres…

Can the Damaged Brain Repair Itself?

After a traumatic brain injury, it sometimes happens that the brain can repair itself, building new brain cells to replace damaged ones. But the repair doesn’t happen quickly enough to allow recovery from degenerative conditions like motor neuron disease (also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease or ALS). Siddharthan Chandran walks through some new techniques using special stem cells that could allow the damaged brain to rebuild faster.